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Geography Of Global Communication, Francis A. Beer, G. Robert Boynton Jan 2003

Geography Of Global Communication, Francis A. Beer, G. Robert Boynton

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The only distance that matters in communication is the distance involved in sending a signal up and then down. The close connection between communication and transportation has been broken. Near and far -- familiar and unfamiliar -- can be constituted by communication. The rhythm of day and night, as it moves around the globe, remains. We can watch a war in Iraq in real time -- except that we are asleep and can wait until we awake to watch the battles. But the images and sounds are just as real as if they were just over the horizon. And that is what they ...


Globalize Resistance, Francis A. Beer, G. Robert Boynton Jan 2003

Globalize Resistance, Francis A. Beer, G. Robert Boynton

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"Wherever there is oppression there is resistance." "Globalize Resistance." These are the mantra of contemporary protest movements. For much of human history oppression and resistance were localized, and connection between resistance movements was slow. Contemporary global communication changes such dynamics dramatically. The technology of communication has become smaller, cheaper, faster and more powerful. Recording devices have become small enough to carry around in your hand and cheap enough for a network to have as many as needed. Satellites with uplink and downlink have made it possible to move information from anywhere to anywhere in real time except for the second ...